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The marriage symbol is two intertwined loops, symbolizing how bride’s and groom’s lives become intertwined when they marry. Different cultures had different traditions of decorating. The decorative arts in colonial America, for example, relied heavily upon German, English, and other European decorative traditions. Fraktur For as long as there have been books, there have been colorful decorations that accompany their text. For over a thousand years and until the 15th century, books were hand-lettered by monks called scribes.
We may never know the true origin of the name, but hex signs were probably made for a combination of both reasons—beauty and superstition. The symbols commonly found in hex signs, stars and rosettes, have been used by people for thousands of years and have religious significance. They are also supposed to bring good luck. The hex sign is sometimes thought of as being strictly an Amish custom, but in fact, the majority of hex signs on Pennsylvania buildings are located north of Amish country in Berks County.
This effect is found on painted furniture going back to colonial times. In this activity, you can experiment with sponge painting. Reward of merit, circa 1870s. MATERIALS Sheet of sandpaper Small unfinished wooden stool, doll’s chair, or other wooden item (available at crafts stores and unfinished furniture stores) Acrylic paints of various colors Paintbrush Package of two or more kitchen sponges Paper towels Scrap wood or cardboard Smooth any rough spots on the stool with the sandpaper. Pick a color to serve as your background, and paint the entire stool that color.